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A full season of Bloom – Part 2

April showers May brings flowers!

This is such a great old saying and will stay true to the end of time! The Pacific Coast is warming up, Abbotsford to Vancouver are in full swing farmers markets this weekend and we are loving the heat! For those of you out there that drive by homes and love seeing all the blooms and blossoms in the beautifully landscaped yards and gardens, we are sharing a series of posts to help you choose plants, bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees for each month of the year! Part 1 of this mini series was giving for a selected list of plants for succession of bloom in the month of April. Seeing how it is May we felt it was time for Part 2 – May blooms!! It seems that the seasons this year are about 2 weeks ahead of norm or perhaps the suggested growing times are changing.

BUBLS: Tulips (Ours are finished and need maintenance) , ranunculus, anome, Dutch Iris

PERENNIALS: Peony, gentian aucaulis, bleeding hearts (Ours have been up since April and still blooming), cadytuft, phlox amoena, polyanthus, helianthemum.

SHRUBS: Spiraea Van Houtte, Azalea Mollis, Rhododendrons, Lilacs, Beauty Bush, Weigela, Mock Orange, Viburnum opulus and tomentosum, Cotoneaster horsontalis, microphylla, dammeri, Broom, Evergreen Barberry, Mountain Laurel

TREES: Flowering Crabapples, Hawthorne, Laburnum, Japanese flowering cherries, Magnolia (Ours came and went in April), Dogwood, Horse Chesnut.

Of course there are a number of herbs and other beautiful flowers that are in full bloom like Lavender and many other beneficial plants. May is also a great time to spend in the garden with a little maintenance. If your tulips have come and gone like ours, break or cut off the tulip heads  (the green part) to let the bulb rest. If you have a garden now is a great time to get out there if you haven’t already planted one! This is also the LAST chance for Lawn planting before it gets too hot and the seed won’t take…it will simply burn or not go!

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Thank you,

Team Fraser

Office: 604-371-2787

Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

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Quality matters!

“Fraser StrataCare has been working for our Strata of 191 townhomes in Surrey for the past two years.  Prior to them coming on board, we had many issues around our complex related to landscaping.  Fraser StrataCare has improved the landscaping of our Strata significantly and continues to provide exceptional service and is proactive in their approach to ensure our landscaping is well maintained.  We would highly recommend them for any size complex”.

Karen Reid Sidhu, President Terrane

 

“I have been working with FSC for over 7 years.  FSC have always supplied an honest day’s work, have always been adaptive to our needs and provide excellent value to my clients.  They are well structured, well managed and easy to deal with.  Management at FSC is conscientious about  planning and advises my clients of future issues in a proactive fashion.  Among strata landscaping firms, these guys are top notch.”

Brendan Materi

“Fraser StrataCare has done our strata landscape maintenance for the last10 years or more. During my 5 ½ years of responsibility we have had a pleasant relationship. Their crew has been doing excellent landscape maintenance work. They respond positively when special maintenance requests are made”.

Ted Janzen – On behalf of Churchill Park Council

 

“Stoneridge Strata is a 15 year old community of 36 homes of which 26 are detached and 5 are duplex style units.  Over the years, Stoneridge has employed several different landscaping companies.  They all promised the best service for the most reasonable price.  However, once the contracts were signed, the problems and excuses for poor performance were always the same.

Fraser Stratacare Ltd. came to our attention around this time period and a decision was made by council to give this company a try.  Right from the beginning, the quality and service exceeded all previous landscaping companies.  One of the main differences is that Fraser Strata care Ltd. employs their staff full time.  This enables employees to have a career in landscaping which means steady employment, benefits and progression if deserved.

Stoneridge Strata has retained the services of Fraser Strata care for approximately 5 years to date and overall we have been very satisfied”.

Derek Hudson, President

Stoneridge Council, Surrey, B.C.

Thank you for the kind words! Fraser Strata Care Ltd believes in building long term relationships, by providing the best quality service all the time! For a quote, consultation or services please contact us!

Office: 604-856-4123
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Thank you team Fraser!

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A full season of Blooms – Part 1

April Blooms

We have  a lot of people with requests for a full season of blooming flowers. This is a big task to understand and can be overwhelming to most to event start researching or thinking about this. Many have tried and still can’t seem to get the right combination of blooming flowers at the right time. So lets be seasonal and we will post a list every month! (This round we are leaving out the technical Latin terms… if you want them just ask!)

Here is a list for the month of April on the Pacific Coast

Bulbs – Daffodils (That are lining the highways by now!) narcissi, muscari, hyacinths, scilla, tulip, aenome.

Perennials –  Aubretia, allyssum saxtile, primulas, saxifrage.

Shrubs – Flowering Quince, Pearl Bush, Spindle Tree, Viburnum Carlesi and Burkwoodi, Broom, Bridal Wreath Spiraea, Daphne Burkwoodi and cneorum, Japanese Azales, Rhododendron Hybrids, Flowering Almond.

Trees – Flowering Almond, Flowering Crabapples, Cherries

This is just a quick list of April Blooms, if you have any you would like to share please leave us a comment, drop us a line or join us on Facebook!

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Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

-Team Fraser

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A Plant List for Wet and Deep Shade areas

As we are in full Spring swing there is a lot of call ins on wet and moist problematic areas. We are outside all the time and were definitely caught in some ugly weather conditions! Although we install irrigation and draining systems trees, shrubs and plants are very helpful too! We thought this would be great to share a plants list that will help in wet and deep shaded problem areas for the Pacific Gardener and homeowner! The Vancouver, Tri-cities area and the Lower Mainland in the Fraser Valley are all parts of BC where the rain just keeps coming so this plant list is sure to help!

Evergreen Shrubs

  • Variegated Laurel
  • Holly (Ilex latifolia)
  • Rhododendron Hybrids
  • Skimmia Joponica
  • English Yew (Taxus baccata)
  • Boxwood (Buxus)
  • Irish Juniper (Communis hibernica)
Deciduous Shrubs
  • Daphne Mezereum
  • Hydrangea Hortensis
  • Red Twigged Dogwood (Cornus alba sibirica)
Perennials
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Violet (Viola)
  • Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Christmas Rose (Ilex aquifolium)
Next post we will cover a list of Wet areas with Full Sun! If you know of any others that like this wet and dark condition let us know and we will be sure to add it to the list! When designing a landscape many factors must all be seriously understood and well planned.
If you have any questions drop us a line or visit us on Facebook!
-Team Fraser
Office: 604-856-4123
Fax: 604-856-4126
Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

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Happy April Fools!

Happy April Fools!

At Fraser Strata Care Ltd. we know how important it is to have professionals prune and shape your hedges in the Vancouver and Tri-cities area! We hope you all had a wonderful and very Happy Easter and family weekend. What a beautiful way to finish March and start April. Spring is in the air, plants are in bloom and we are gearing up for a fantastic season! We hope we are part of your season too!

Happy April Fools everyone!

-Team Fraser

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Maybe next time call the professionals! Fraser Strata Care Ltd.

Maybe next time call the professionals!

This past weekend we went for a beautiful drive through the Fraser Valley. We ended up in the hills, a really beautiful area with big properties and great homes when we stumbled across this cedar hedge!! This trim job and hedge shaping wasn’t just done to one poor cedar tree but to all of them and they surrounded the entire estate property! I must admit I do appreciate the similarity and uniformity of all of the cedars, quite impressed really…if thats really the look you are going for???

However if this wasn’t the look you really wanted to achieve there is still hope! We can fix this! and maybe next time call the professionals!

Fraser Strata Care Ltd.

Office: 604-856-4123
Fax: 604-856-4126
Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

When to prune?

When to prune? This is a popular question, especially around spring time and the fall. As the trees start to bud people start thinking about their garden and yards and similarly as winter sneaks in we want to put our gardens and trees to rest. If you live in the Lower Mainland to Vancouver, BC our trees are budding! From bushes, trees, fruit baring vines the question remains the same! When to prune?

We have been asked many questions about lawn care and landscaping but this one really is popular so we thought we would share some light! One day we were asked about pruning kiwi vines and found a wonderful article here. According to the article winter pruning should take place the last week in January or the first week of February. Kiwis form fruit on one year old wood just like grapes. Because kiwis grow so rapidly, Summer maintenance pruning after flowering is necessary. So there you have it for kiwis….but what about everything else you ask?? I hope you have awhile! In all seriousness, each plant, tree and bush should be properly cared for and if you are unsure get an expert to help!

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Quick Tips: Trees and Shrubs to Prune in Late Spring/Summer, After Bloom

  • Azalea (Rhododendron species)
  • Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)
  • Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spirea x vanhouttei)
  • Flowering Crabapple (Malus species and cultivars)
  • Forsythia (forsythia x intermedia)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus species and cultivars)
  • Hydrangea, Bigleaf (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  • Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
  • Magnolia (Magnolia species and cultivars)
  • Mockorange (Philadelphus coronarius)
  • Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • Rhododendron (Rhododendron species)
  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora)
  • Slender Deutzia (deutzia gracilis)
  • Weigela (Weigela florida)

Trees and Shrubs to Prune in Early Spring, While Dormant

You can still get your pruner out this spring to shape the following list of trees and shrubs, while they are still dormant.

  • Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryana)
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia Davidii)
  • Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
  • Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
  • Flowering Plum (Prunus blireana)
  • Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora)
  • Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissiam)
  • Hydrangea, Peegee (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’)
  • Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa)
  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
  • Spirea (except Bridal Wreath) (Spirea japonica))
  • Wisteria (Wistera species)

We found a great article for homeowners a guide on When to prune and can be found here click this!! The link we provided has a great guide of many kinds of plants, bushes and trees for when to prune!

Good luck and we hope to hear from you! Let us take care of it for you so you can go and enjoy the sunshine!!

Office: 604-856-4123
Fax: 604-856-4126
Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

-Team Fraser

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Hedge Shaping and when to prune?

Hedge Shaping

Now that the sunshine has arrived I’m sure we aren’t the only ones getting outside and starting the yard cleaning and planning for a long warm sunny season. Shaping and pruning hedges takes years of practice and an artful eye;) This just happens to be one of our specialties! As we do offer many services!!

The most important step in starting a new hedge is first the location and placement of the tree. Then the first shaping of the tree happens the next season after planting. For example, a hedge 5 feet high should be 2 1/2 feet at the base and about 1 foot at the top to be in good proportion.

The top of the hedge should be trimmed slightly rounded or pointed. This allows sunlight to reach the lower branches and allow for photosynthesis. If the top becomes as wide or wider than the base, the lower portion is too shaded and produces thin weak growth. A taller hedge requires more attention to maintain proper shape and taper. Be ready to maintain or hire a professional

Annually you will want to thin out a third to a fourth of the oldest branches with hand pruners or pruning saws. In addition to regular trimming, cutting these branches back to the parent stem at the ground or to a lateral, or side, branch in the spring will really help especially before growth starts.

When to Prune:

There is always much debate on when the best time to prune is. Here it is simply put: Shrubs used for hedges, except evergreens, can be pruned almost anytime. Slow-growing hedges that require one annual pruning can be sheared after they have completed their season’s growth in early to mid-June. Fast-growing hedges can be trimmed two or more times, in early June, mid- to late-July and early to mid-September.

If you are unsure and want the best for your trees, shrubs or hedges please call us or send us an email!

Office: 604-856-4123
Fax: 604-856-4126
Email: office@fraserstratacare.com

Enjoy the sunshine!

-Fraser Team

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3 Tips for a New Fence

3 Tips for a New Fence 

We live in a climate (Lower Mainland: Langley, Surrey, Delta, White Rock/South Surrey and the Tri-Cities area) that is wet almost year round so when we think about building a fence or having one installed wood posts in the ground is not the way to go! Setting the posts in a new fence in concrete will bring the fence sturdiness and a longer life. Especially if the fence itself is cared for properly and treated throughout the seasons. We have seen many fences over time that need replacing, upgrading or simply just a new fence all together, no matter your situation we would love to give you 3 tips for a new fence in concrete.

Before you build

First, consider why you’re building the fence and if this is really something you want to accomplish on your own or hire a trusted company that specializes in fence construction. There are many valid reasons: to demarcate property lines, to gain privacy, to contain pets or kids, or keep them away from a pool, for gardening or beautification. Once you determine the purpose, you should:

 

1. CHECK LOCAL BUILDING CODES. Contact your town hall or city’s zoning office to learn about easements, height restrictions, setbacks, or any other regulations that you must adhere to. Sometimes asking for forgiveness after the fact works however not usually when you are dealing with city bylaws and building codes!

2. CHECK YOUR PROPERTY LINES. Look at your survey or plot plan (you should receive this with your home’s closing papers) to confirm where your lot begins and ends. If there is any uncertainty, think about hiring a land surveyor to double check the lines. Get them secured because no one likes to do things twice!

3. TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS. Out of courtesy, it’s always a good idea to discuss plans with your neighbors before beginning to build.

“Good fences make good neighbors.” –from Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”

If you need some help with a fence design or installation please consider calling us we would love to help!

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Thank you from the Fraser team,

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